Early College High Schools (ECHS) are innovative high schools that allow students least likely to attend college an opportunity to earn a high school diploma and 60 college credit hours.
Early College High Schools:
- provide dual credit at no cost to students
- offer rigorous instruction and accelerated courses
- provide academic and social support services to help students succeed
- increase college readiness, and
- reduce barriers to college access.
ECHS Summer Programs
The ECHS Summer programs (AKA “Bridge”) are designed for rising 9th-grade students that will be part of the designated ECHS. This program provides students with opportunities to improve their skills and prepare themselves for college-level coursework. Components of this program include EDUC 1300 (My Cougar Course), TSI Prep, and college readiness workshops.
Current Early College High Schools include:
Kingsville ISD: HM King Early College High School
Alice ISD: Alice Early College High School
Jim Hogg ISD: Hebbronville Early College High School
Karnes City ISD: Karnes City Early College High School
San Diego ISD: San Diego Early College High School
Riviera ISD: Seahawk Early College Academy
Charlotte ISD: Charlotte Early College High School
Freer ISD: Next Generation Medical Academy
“The Early College model is gaining national attention due to its success in raising high school graduation and college retention rates for students at risk of not graduating. The program provides student support systems, including tutoring, counseling, and mentoring while reducing barriers to college for students who might not otherwise achieve post-secondary success.” –Texas Early College High School